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Brushwood Center presents maple-inspired programming

Gale Gand
Gale Gand

RIVERWOODS – At Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, March is all about the maple syrup.

“Gale Gand and The Art of Maple Syrup” will take place at 1:15 and 2:15 p.m. March 17 at Brushwood Center, Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods.

The event is free to members and costs $5 for nonmembers. Registration is preferred and can be done by calling 847-633-2424 or visiting

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with local pastry chef and restaurateur Gale Gand as she leads a cooking demonstration with maple syrup. Afterward attendees may buy a Gale Gand cookbook.

Gand is a pastry chef and partner in the Michelin one-star restaurant, Tru, in Chicago. She was the host of Food Network’s long running show “Sweet Dreams” and author of eight cookbooks. Last year she finished a two-year pop-up at Spritzburger, a burger and craft soda joint, with The Hearty Boys, also of Food Network fame.

Gand teaches cooking classes all over the country and is an artisanal soda pop maker producing Gale’s Root Beer, which is sold nationally. For information on Gand, visit

After the demo, catch a tour of the actual tapping of the maple trees just steps away. Lake County Forest Preserves will be leading maple syrup tapping tours on the hour. The cost is $6 and registration is available at

The Brushwood Center Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. For details, visit

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